Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

With great sadness we have to report that Apple’s visionary co-founder and ex-CEO, Steve Jobs has passed away.

Apple has put up a page with the following message:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

Steve Jobs’ family has issued the following statement:

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.

Tim Cook has sent the following email to employees:

Team,

I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Tim 

US President Barack Obama has issued the following statement:

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.

We have no words to describe how we are feeling at the loss, it’s a sad day for us. Our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and his colleagues. He will be greatly missed.

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  • flyezz

    first to say this is sad news

    • alukado

      Here’s to the Crazy One.

      The misfit. The rebel. The troublemaker. The round peg in the square hole.

      The One Who Saw Things Differently.

      He wasn’t fond of rules. And he had no respect for the status quo.

      You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore him. Because he changed things.

      He pushed the human race forward. And while some may have seen him as the crazy one, we saw genius.

      Because the man who was crazy enough to think he could change the world, was the one who did.
      Just bought an Steve Jobs Action figure here, http://www.slickdoor.com/_p2999.html

      This is the thing I can do to miss him

    • Thepartyguy

      I am no one important or noone famous but Mr. Steve Jobs made difference in my life and made my life easier! That is priceless!   Rest in peace Mr Jobs. I will always be thankful and admire you! You will always be a true genius and a electronic icon!  You will be in people’s hands always (iPhone )
      and in people’s head(iPod) and in people’s homes!…

      The world
      will miss you!

      Fernando Cano
      An Apple Fan

    • Who

      That’s what happens when you don’t release the latest Jesus phone he fucks you up.

      • akri

        What a stupid moronic arsinine comment! You are a fucking idiot!

  • Your Momma

    He changed the world and affected nearly everyone in it. If that’s not greatness, I don’t know what is. You will be greatly missed, Steve. I hope the ones you left in charge of Apple can carry on your legacy with half as much grace and insight as you did.

    Sad day :(

  • Duke

    speechless…

  • Nafis

    Its time to shut this site down. As SJ passed away iPhones will no longer be A Piece of Art. So no meaning wasting time on JB or unlocking a piece of junk, ergo nullifies need of this site. We loved the CatnMouse game while it lasted. Its really really really hard to say, but Steve you will be missed.

    • Your Momma

      Oh come on. Jobs built an incredible foundation on which Apple can stand for years to come. He didn’t just pull some guy off the street to run Apple. He chose his close friend and someone who he has been mentoring for years. Jobs shared his vision with those closest to him. Apple will continue to be great just as Jobs knew it would when he saw his death coming from afar years ago when he was first diagnosed with cancer.

      • Steven M

        Very well said. R.I.P. Steve.

  • jorge

    rest in peace, i have no words to describe how sad i feel:(

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    Steve, you will really be missed. Rest in peace.

  • Elim

    Hi Steve, thanks for the iXXXXX products that you have introduced so far. You can take a break for now that all these stuffs are really high flying. Catch you in that special place later !! Have fun there and intro them your NEW iXXXXX stuffs ya. Always Remembered……

  • Android

    Its Android world now!

    • Baka

      Go eat a fat d**k! Your on the wring website you p***k

    • Thatsgr8

      There is always someone that posts negative comments. Sad that they have to bring in Android. They are also sad that the world is always CHASING Steve Job’s vision.

  • Jo

    I don’t think so, stop being negative Stevs Jobs’ legacy will continue just like Michael Jackson, and Elvis.

  • http://allweddingaz.com Wedding Guy

    There aren’t many people in the world who have such a profound impact on my everyday live as Steve Jobs. I will try to live my live by his principles that he described in his 2005 Stanford speech. If you haven’t yet seen it, I highly recommend it.

  • Andres Royal

    Rest in peace Steve Jobs you was a genius, and your legacy will last forever, thanks for all your contributions in this world!

  • dgw2012

    I’m a senior in high school and I’ve written many reports and articles about Steve Jobs. I truly love Apple with all my heart and I am also saddened to see a man of such integrity and poise gone. I feel like I’ve known Steve for all my life and all his because of the information I know about it. All the way from when he was a kid, to when he resigned as CEO of Apple. Because I know this, I feel I have lost a great friend although I never knew him on a personal level.

    R.I.P. Steven Paul Jobs

    • http://writingforprofits.net WritingForProfit

      I feel the same way. My very first computer was the Apple IIe. I’ve followed his visions through out his career and feel like I’ve known him all of my life.

      His contributions to technology has impacted each and every one of us. Whether people like or hate Steve Jobs, there’s no doubt about what he’s done for this world. He will be greatly missed. His legacy will live on.

  • El Hache

    Steve Jobs, may you rest in peace. We will all “stay hungry and stay foolish” in your memory.

  • George

    He was simply a great inventor. His passion for creativity will be missed. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Leonardo Divinci, Einstein and many others have made our life a better place. He will be missed. The man of our century. God bless you and your family.

    • michael

      very truee

  • Karan

    Really shocked and speechless……. Maybe God requires someone to create iHeaven

  • pasiene

    la verdad el mundo esta triste era una de las personas q siempre e admirado y lo extranaremos

  • Madas

    U name and legacy will live on.thank u for your vision

  • mohgui

    Steve left us to restore the missing Apple from the Garden of Eden…

    May you have eternal rest Steve…

  • michael

    Jobs passed away just after Tim cooks presented the new iPhone , that was his last thing to do on earth to see how his empire is run by a person he trust and knew that it will do the best job, the iPhone doesn’t die now it’s just getting started now is up to us to keep what Steve invented aliveeeee.. Steve we Will always remember you and thank you for all this that you left us with, where you are hope your in peace and in the place you wanted

  • Zero

    Steve,
    Youve given me the most amazing phones i could ever ask for. As an att employee you have given my family more than you could imagine with the amazing launches. Steve I thank you for creating a product that is amazing enough for me to use and simple enough for my 1 and 3 yr old daughters to enjoy. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your a hero, a visionary and an inspiration. I wish i would have been lucky enough to meet you, however you were an amazing human and im glad youve given me my iPhone.
    Thank you,
    Brandon Craig

  • Chris

    Edison
    1847
    1931

    Einstein
    1879
    1955

    Jobs
    1955
    2011

    A Man among men has joined the greatest there ever was……the world has a loss that can not be filled….you will be missed..rip

    • Wite Boy

      lol his inventions arent even close to what edison gave the world. come on

    • Your Momma

      He absolutely deserves to be mentioned among the greatest inventors throughout history. Think for a moment about what Steve Jobs created with the Apple II, iPod, and iPhone. Entirely new ways to store, compute and access data. And not only did he invent new methods of data access, he made them extremely functional and user friendly. He understood the human thought process…which is why he made tools so easy for humans to interact with.

      He was one of the greatest geniuses this world has ever seen. He explored, he expanded the horizons of how we transmit and relay information. He revolutionized telecommunications as well as the music industry…just for starters.

    • Joe’s Spleen

      Did you really compare a businessman who made computers in China to to the man who’s theories made the very concept of a world war — the kind western civilization had been subjected to for centuries — such a terrifying idea it is now unthinkable? Really? It took OSX to make Mac’s usable (and it’s a ripoff of Linux) and iOS to make their cell phones usable (Android was around 4 years before the iPhone, for those of you who don’t know). Please do not compare a bloody cell phone to the Theory of General Relativity. Hyperbole much?

      He also sent thousands of manufacturing jobs overseas to factories (I laughed when I saw an Occupy Wall Street memorial to him) so horrible they had to install nets to stop workers from killing themselves. He also had a really poor track record for charitable giving (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, anyone?) and was a horrible family man.

      Edison, however, is a much closer analogy. Both good inventors, but more importantly brilliant businessmen with the occasional flop (I don’t see a DC wire coming into my house, nor do I use a Lisa, Newton or Pippin)

      Jobs was a great businessman who attracted a cult following for his products. He hired the best and brightest to design his products with very easy-to-use features, and he marketed them extremely well. And he also took a cast-off from George Lucas and made it a billion-dollar Disney empire, cranking out some awesome family films which will stand the test of time.

  • http://Www.danbradleydesign.com Dan Bradley

    I am a designer and photographer and Steve Jobs has revolutionized many aspects of my life and work that I utilize every day. You sir, will surely be missed. It is a real shame, such a young age for a brilliant man who had so much to offer this world. Ironic that most of the word is finding out about the death of Steve Jobs probably on a device that he had created. Wrap your head around that, he is a legend and changed the world forever.

    • kipo

      Great only in usa.

  • Victor

    RIP :(
    Send from IPhone

  • K20DC2R

    Apple products will continue to grow in popularity everyday, mainly because they listrn to the cult like customers…we will help create the iPhones of the future, and apple will be our resource….and with Jobs knowledge he has left, the possibilities are endless.

    I think Apple should make a limited edition macbook pro on memory of Steve. RIP our friend, you will be missed.

  • Dizzy

    Rest in peace Steve Jobs, one of the greatest innovators of our time..im definitely buy a 4S in his memory 

  • Зло

    Essence of this news is To discard the iPhone, iPod, iPad ,Android ,PC ,Mac etc and to come out from your virtual world people!!! TO LIVE your miserable life.Life is just too short.Who give a F about What happen next !!! This is Very sad news but also instructive.Live your life and Fuck Tehnology .My Last comment here .God bless you all .By

  • jdang31

    moments of silents. i turned off my j/b and unlocked iphone until tomorrow to pay respected to Mr. steve jobs. he deserved a nite of peace and silent. pass is on even if you are a bad apple. oh yeah, dont worry. your iphone will wake you up for work tomorrow.on or off.

    • Dan

      Nice tribute.

  • Dan

    Today three national tv stations will have to wait for their programs and series for tomorrow. Its my job to deliever the content and im staying home from work after this one. RIP Steve.

  • rr rgn

    dont like apple too much but rip jobs.

  • http://iphonehacks.com Rounak

    :(

  • Thepartyguy

    I am no one important or noone famous but, Mr Steve Jobs made difference in my life and made my life easier! That is priceless!   Rest in peace Mr Jobs. I will always be thankful and admire you! You will always be a true genius and a electronic icon!  You will be in people’s hands always (iPhone )
    and in people’s head(iPod) and in people’s homes!…

    The world
    will miss you!

    Fernando Cano
    An Apple Fan

  • http://www.sublogic.net eddie-a

    damn… where does the world go from here? this all truly sucks.. so sad.. R.I.P…

  • michael

    this one man was able to affect billions of people around the globe through his innovations. his legend will never be forgotten

  • Pacomac

    It is hard to find the words, and everyone else has said all that needs to be said. A sad loss to the IT world! RIP Steve.

  • fingers21

    That’s the spirit! Move apple into the unknown! I bet god has an iPhone! RIP Mr Jobs, you were an amazing man and will be missed greatly! And to all the folk who believed he wasn’t ill, go f**k yourselves, just because you didn’t get a redesigned iPhone!

    • jhfire

      “f**k yourselves, just because you didn’t get a redesigned iPhone!”

      Cause we all want an overpriced phone. You got me there bro!

      “Herp look at me I’m a sheep and I have an overpriced phone that I feel I should show off to everyone else as a status symbol.”

      Even though in reality no one cares. I think you should go shove that phone up your ass and it will become the iPhoo!

  • http://Wewillfollowhim Imadsmoon1

    Antom alsabi9on w na7no ala7i9on ,
    You are gone and soon we will .

  • as hole

    Mr Jobs you are gona get rich in Heaven.Your face in my memory from now on. RIP

  • ic

    RIP Steve. We will all miss you.

  • Bunc

    Few years ago I never would dreamed of getting an iPhone.But my phone broke down and I accidentally bought one. I thought maybe it will be good phone.
    Today I cant imagine my life without iPhone.It helps me in every segment of my life.
    For that I Thank You Steve Jobs.For making my life easier.For changing world.
    Today our iPhones have dimmer screens.

    Rest In Peace
    Goodbye

  • Yaroslaw

    R.I.P STEVE JOBS

  • Harsha

    RIP Steve. You Inspire me.

  • akri

    Today the world is less bright because of your passing Steve..but your passion and legacy will carry on for many, many years..We all carry a piece of you with us everyday and we truly thank you for having existed and sharing your brilliance with us..Lets all not be sad because he died, but let us be happy because he lived.

  • LOS1NeR

    Thank you Steve. For letting me look forward to something magical every time i use my iphone. I have never felt this way about any device that i have ever purchased an continues to feel this way. You will be missed. R.I.P

  • Really?

    NOW, Can we get Flash?

    • chris

      REALLY WHAT A DICK…..

      • Jack

        So, you don’t think we will either?

        • http://Www.danbradleydesign.com Dan Bradley

          There ARE ways to play flash and make flash apps on iPhone. Read about it.

  • http://www.pludeal.com pony

    Let us miss the great man:steve jobs.

  • 2face

    R.I.P.

  • BadaSS

    Damn this sucks!!! R.I.P.
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Angel

    Very sad about it.

    Thanks to one of the Steve’s inventions (iPad) my 1 year daughter now knows how to solve puzzles and learn the alphabet in a very friendly and funny way.

    That and many other thinks are what I thank him very much

    We all will miss you!

    Steve Jobs: The man who changed our lives. Thanks and RIP.

  • Jolly_idiot

    Enjoy your time with jesus, steve.

    Btw, i’m wondering what if bill gates is dead? Any idea?

    • http://Www.danbradleydesign.com Dan Bradley

      Bill Gates could die twice and no one would care, everything about windows is a mess.

    • jhfire

      No actually, Bill Gates is saving African children with his billions of dollars he is making each day. He is still living well. By you asking that question, it just makes you ignorant. Also, Bill Gates doesn’t run Microsoft anymore, that is why Vista sucked. Thought I would throw that in there.

  • Melvarius

    I respect all his achievements he was a truly visionary individual.

    Apple will no doubt miss him, but will no doubt be grinning like the preverbial cheshire cat as they have just been handed the greatest free marketing tool they could ever have hoped for.

    QUOTE
    “im definitely buy a 4S in his memory”
    UNQUOTE

    in fact the synical side of me thinks it might just explain the delay in releasing the new devices. they have been known to be rather “predictable” with their release dates in the past.

    It will be interesting to watch how apple now conducts itself. Now that it doesn’t have mr jobs to answer to.

    R.I.P. mr jobs lets hope you chose your successor wisely.

  • http://Naijaloaded.com Oluwaseun 4rm nigeria

    Gosh!!! Just planing to learn jailbreaking b4 steve gave up at the hospital.it was a sad thing i neva knew dis was coming,its a bad thing.2 day shold be a historical day in da world guiness book of record.

  • Boss

    Steve..you are just great. May be God needs you.

    Rest in peace. Everyone misses u for sure….

  • Sephen Collins

    In dis-belief, we will all miss you …….. Steve Jobs You Were Everything That Made Apple…things will never be the same… God Bless You !! And goodbye Apple !!!

  • http://iphonehacks.com Rounak

    The two most important “No”s he said to me were:
    Removing Flash: Flash barely manages to run smoothly on the PC, how would it run on a phone which is greatly underpowered than PCs.
    Removing CD/DVD slots: I’ve got a Dell XPS (ya, I regret buying it) which has a DVD slot. Guess what, I’ve never used it since the past year, perhaps even more than that. He realised that the web would be the future medium of distribution, others did as well, but he enforced it, which probably accelerated the movement. Lion’s distribution through the App Store was a sign that this transition was successfully completed.
    Of course there might be a number of no’s much more significant than this that people outside Infinite loop don’t know. I’m pretty sure that most of these “No”s ended up making Apple products even better.
    So to the best editor ever,
    Thanks!

    • http://iphonehacks.com Rounak

      Oops the formation of the first line is a bit confusing.
      “To me the two most important “No”s he said were:”

    • jhfire

      You do know that the Windows/Android phones and tablets do have flash right? Just cause your computer sucks doesn’t mean that a phone can’t run flash. I have a computer with an i5, 16GB RAM, 1GB video card 550, 1TB hard drive, DVD reader/writer, with Windows 7 Ultimate. I can run flash, Skype, Left 4 Dead 2, Virtual Box, Visual Basic, Google Chrome, and other processes perfectly fine. I also have an iPod that is jailbroken that runs flash perfectly. I sware, some people need open their minds.

  • hugherecti0n

    RIP Steve, you live through our hearts

  • jhfire

    I don’t see how he changed the world. Out of all honesty, Apple just made expencive toys for the public. However, only thing I like about Apple is more or less the iPod. I believe Bill Gates has made more of an impact on the industry than Steve Jobs. I guess we’ll have to see what happens to Apple now. Will it plumit like it did when Steve Jobs left? I think it will and I can surely see it happening. R.I.P Steve Jobs for the overpriced gadgets.

  • @nik

    The world has lost a great innovator. I will miss him a lot. And he will be missed by every iLovers.